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INFOSAN

Connecting Food Safety Authorities to Reduce Foodborne Risks









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    Inauguration of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)
    Prepared by the World Health Organization
    2004
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    Enhancing INFOSAN in Asia and Implementation of Regional Food Safety Strategies
    Meeting Report. Seoul, Republic of Korea, 27-30 November 2012
    2013
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    The objectives of the meeting were to: (1) formulate an Asia-based strategy to enhance participation in INFOSAN; (2) strengthen INFOSAN by facilitating active participation in this network by the countries present through the development of in-country notification systems and risk analysis capacities for emergency situations; and (3) discuss the implementation of regional food safety strategies, including the Western Pacific Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015, identify priorities and assess countrie s’ status against the defined indicators
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    INFOSAN Activity Report, 2011-2012 2013
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    The global nature and growing complexity of the food chain means that risks posed by unsafe foods have the potential to quickly evolve from a local problem to an international incident at an increasingly rapid pace. Ensuring food safety is therefore an important component to consider in the broader context of achieving public health security around the world. While international trade of foods brings many benefits to consumers and contributes significantly to economic development, new challenges are constantly presented to food safety authorities around the world. Experience in the recent past demonstrates that with the increased volume of foods traded globally, comes an increased risk of the spread of foodborne pathogens and contaminants across national borders. This necessitates more efficient sharing of food safety information among national food safety authorities from different countries. The need to build closer links among food safety authorities internationally is well recogniz ed by FAO and WHO. Since 2004, the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) has provided an important platform for the rapid exchange of information in the case of food safety crises and for sharing data on both recurrent and emerging food safety issues. It is therefore imperative that we continue to work towards strengthening INFOSAN through active participation and exchange of information during international food safety emergencies.

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